Nippon Ichi Dumps Rorona from Atelier Rorona

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Nippon Ichi has in its infinite wisdom decided to dump Rorona Fryxell from the cover of her own game, the soon to be released English version of Atelier Rorona, a move liable to incense fans.

The Japanese cover shows of some of Kishida Mel’s gorgeous art with heroine Rorona centre stage:

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Meanwhile the US cover features a mere stave, and as if to add insult to injury actually uses the same image as the Japanese cover (at the bottom), but panned up to keep Rorona firmly out of the picture, favouring instead some flowery medieval buildings:

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An insult to the artistic genius of Kishida Mel and the expectations of fans, or pragmatic marketing based on the assumption that paedophilic Chinese cartoons just won’t sell in the US of A?

Or sheer philistinism on the part of a company unaccustomed to marketing anything not involving a Prinny?

The game itself is released September 28th, with pre-orders already open.

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